Professor Shane Clifton
PhD, BTh (Hons), BEc
Shane is a member of the Faculty of Theology, and specialises in the following areas: Theology.
Shane is married to Elly, and together they have three (adult) children. Shane is Dean of Theology and editor of Australasian Pentecostal Studies journal. In October 2010 Shane suffered a serious accident that left a quadriplegic, and since that time has focused his scholarship on the intersection between theology, virtue ethics, and disability studies. He is an occasional blogger, and has also written about some of his experiences since the accident - see http://shaneclifton.com/
“Living the Good Life with Quadriplegia,” with Professor Gwynnyth Llewellyn, Centre for Disability Research and Policy, Faculty of Health Sciences, Sydney University.
Crip Virtue: Disability, Flourishing, and Faith, (to be published Baylor University Press, 2017).
Selected Academic activities
Husbands Should Not Break: a Memoir about the Pursuit of Happiness after Spinal Cord Injury (Eugene, OR: Resource Publications, Wipf and Stock, 2015) (available here).
Globalization and the Mission of the Church, co-authored with Neil Ormerod, Ecclesiological Investigations Series, London: T&T Clark, 2009 (available here).
Pentecostal Churches in Transition: Analysing the Developing Ecclesiology of the Assemblies of God in Australia, Global Pentecostal & Charismatic Studies Series, the Netherlands: Brill, June 2009
Raising Women Leaders: Perspectives in Liberating Women in Pentecostal and Charismatic Contexts, co-edited with Jacqueline Grey, Sydney: APS, 2009.
Refereed journal articles:
“Disability, theodicy, and fragility,” Theological Studies, Vol 76.4 (Dec 2015): 765-784 (available here).
“NDIS, the disabled voice, and the church,” St Mark’s Review, No 232 (July 2015): 65 –80 (available here).
“Grieving My Broken Body: An Autoethnographic Account of Spinal Cord Injury as an Experience of Grief.” Disability and Rehabilitation, 36:21 (2014): 1823-1829 (available here).
“The Dark Side of Healing: Toward a Theology of Well-Being” Pneuma 36.2 (2014) (available here).
“Spinal-Cord Injury and the Joy of Work,” Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research 16.4 (2013):377-390 (available here).
“Happiness and Spinal-Cord Injury: A Journey through Traditions of Virtue to Positive Psychology,” Journal of Religion Disability and Health (2013): (available here).
“Ecumenism from the bottom up”, Journal of Ecumenical Studies, Vol. 47:4, (Fall 2012): 576-592 (available here)..
“Pentecostals and Politics”, Asian Journal of Pentecostal of Pentecostal Studies, Vol. 11:1 (2008): 229-244.
“The Spirit and Doctrinal Development: A functional analysis of the Traditional Pentecostal Doctrine of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit,” Pneuma, The Journal for the Society of Pentecostal Studies, 29 (2007):4-22 (available here).
“Pentecostal Ecclesiology: A Methodological Proposal for a Diverse Movement,” Journal of Pentecostal Theology, 15:2 (2007): 213-232.
“Pentecostal Hermeneutics: an Open and Creative Approach,” eOkonomia, 1 (2006): http://oikon.webjournals.org.
“Flourishing in a broken body: An interview with Professor Shane Clifton,” co-authored with Matthew P. Anstey, Flourishing in Faith, edited by Gillies Ambler, Matthew P. Anstey, Theo D. McCall, and Mathew White (Eugene, Ore: Wipf and Stock, forthcoming).
“From marginalised to mega-churches: An evaluation of the global impact of Australian Pentecostalism,” co-authored with Denise Austin, inAsia-Pacific Pentecostalism, Global Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies Series, edited by Jacqueline Grey and Paul Lewis, (Leiden: Brill, forthcoming).
“Australian Pentecostalism: Origins, Developments, and Trends,” in Global Renewal Christianity: Spirit Empowered Movements past, Present, and Future, volume 1: Asia and Oceana, edited by Amos Yong (Florida: Charisma House, 2015): 163–173.
“Free-Market Religion: a Pentecostal Approach to Economics,” in Oxford Handbook of Christianity and Economics, edited by Paul Oslington (Oxford: Oxford University press, 2014): 263 – 281.
“Sexism in Church” in Raising Women Leaders, edited by Shane Clifton and Jacqueline Grey (APS: Sydney, 2009): 51-70.
“Preaching the ‘Full Gospel’ in the Context of Global Environmental Crisis”, in The Spirit Renews the Face of the Earth: Pentecostal Forays in Science and Theology of Creation, edited by Amos Yong (Eugene, Ore.: Pickwick Press, 2009):117-134.
“Australian Theology,” in Global Dictionary of Theology, edited by William A. Dyrness and Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen, Downers Grove, Illinois: IVP, 2008.
“Disability in the dark side of the positivity myth,” ABC Religion and ethics, September 2014.
“God, suffering, and Stephen Fry,” ABC religion and ethics, February 2015.
“A quadriplegic's response to the Tim Bowers story,” (a critique of assisted suicide) ABC The Drum, November 2013.
Disability, Virtue Ethics, Ecclesiology, Pentecostal Studies
PhD (Australian Catholic University)
BTh (Hons) (Sydney College of Divinity)
BEc (Macquarie University)
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